Brewery: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
Size: 22 oz bottle
It’s been a while since I’ve had a Speakeasy, maybe a few years. Their Big Daddy IPA and Prohibition Pale Ale were a staple of Night Shade house parties circa 2007-2008. And you’ve gotta admire the tenacity of a San Francisco independent. Plus, shifty eyes on the bottleneck. So, how is Double Daddy?
Double Daddy pours golden amber with a thick, creamy, archipelago-patterning head. Sweet malt, tarry hops, and grapefruit on the nose. Bitter, funky first taste: rocket fuel and burnt sugar, grassy hops and whiskey. Mellows with subsequent sips, allowing the sweet malt and citrus hop character to emerge. Medium carbonation activates a lasting bitter finish with plenty of bite. Feels like a big beer, a gangster imperial.